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Homeopathy for overindulgence

Homeopathic remedies can pick you up off the sofa, get you away from the toilet and help you through the day with a bit more zest.

With extra sweets and sugary foods at Halloween and Christmas parties in the diary, we are beginning to edge towards the culmination of another year. Most people like to have a drink or more to relax, have fun and possibly to ease social anxiety! We are also likely to eat extra food to celebrate the festivities, encountering the rich food of Christmas and other seasonal celebrations.

After a heavy night ‘on the tiles’, of nibbles, cocktails, a cheeky Baileys and a Christmas menu, the next morning might not be as much fun as the night before!

Alcohol, stimulants and over indulgence takes its toll on the liver which attempts to process the toxins. You may be familiar with the ‘morning after’ hangover symptoms of a headache, nausea, thirst, dry mouth and irritability or the digestive system may be struggling with vomiting, indigestion or gas. You may feel a little fragile.

Homeopathic remedies can pick you up off the sofa, get you away from the toilet and help you through the day with a bit more zest.

Top remedies for overindulgence are:

No 1 Nux Vomica. The infamous hangover remedy and the main remedy to have on standby after over doing it on alcohol, drugs, tobacco, coffee or over eating. You may feel cold, angry and impatient and cannot bear noise, smells or touch. You have a headache, suffer from violent vomiting and fruitless urging to go to the toilet and are unable to sleep after 3am. (I successfully took this after over eating sweet treats from a work bake off recently and had horrendous nausea. After the Nux Vom I could lie down and sleep!)

No 2 Ipecacuanha. You may be suffering from persistent nausea with stomach cramps, which is not relieved by vomiting. This remedy is useful after overeating mixed or rich foods, ice creams, pastry, sweets, fruits, raisins, (too many mince pies?). You have no thirst and have a cutting pain around the navel.

No 3 Lycopodium. Feeling full and bloated after eating a little, worse after eating fermentable foods, bread, (pizza), oysters and drinking beer, alcohol and wine. You may have food allergies. You feel very gassy with much belching rising only to the throat, and much noisy flatulence! You feel better for open air even though you are chilly. If you need this remedy you may be prone to being bossy and superior!

No 4 Carbo Vegetablis, especially for after effects of partying, rich and fatty food and poultry which has gone off, drinking brandy and wine. Its great for a hangover with a dull heavy headache and disordered digestion with extreme bloating, loud belching and excessive flatulence especially in upper abdomen. You will feel weak and as the belly feels so full you want to be fanned as you may be gasping to get more air into your lungs.

No 5 Arsenicum Album feels worse after tippling, ices and watery fruits and food poisoning, sour beer and cheese, salty fish and meats. You will feel weak with restlessness and have an unquenchable, burning thirst, craving ice cold water which is vomited immediately. There is vomiting and diarrhea.

No 6 Pulsatilla, is useful long after too much rich food, fats- ice cream, cream, butter and cheese, pork and eggs. Onions may disagree and food taste too salty. There is no thirst but a heavy stomach with nausea and heartburn. It can be helpful before and during the menstrual period if the over indulgence happens at this time.

Dose: Take 1 dose of a remedy in 6c or 30c at 15 minute intervals for 3-4 doses or until symptoms start to improve. Try a different remedy listed if there is no improvement. Remember: You must match the symptom picture of an illness to the symptom picture of a medicine.

Other tips to ease the pain!

Drink plenty of water or coconut water to rehydrate and drink chamomile or fennel tea to soothe or ginger/turmeric tea for nausea and to support the liver. Take a Vitamin B complex and Vitamin C to replenish nutrients. Eat a balanced breakfast if you can.

N.B If you are drinking more than 14 units a week of alcohol (‘6 pints of beer or 10 small glasses of lower strength wine’- NHS) on a regular basis you are at risk of damaging your health. See your GP if you are struggling to reduce your intake. Homeopathy can help you with the underlying issues of drinking too much by treating the whole person and the emotional reasons and triggers for drinking.

If this sounds of interest to you and you would like to find out more about how I work, or are thinking about booking a consultation, please get in touch for a free 30 minute chat. I look forward to hearing from you. Have fun.

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